St Philip the Apostle Church

7100 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, California

The Elementary Religious Education program, known as ERE,  is a parish and family-based religious education program, geared to help young people in grades 1-5 come to know Jesus Christ and begin to form a life-long relationship with Him. Through the sharing of personal faith stories, personal witness, the use of Church-approved catechetical materials, family involvement in sacramental preparation, craft activities, study of the traditions of the Church, and praise of God through prayer, song and Liturgy, our parish youngsters receive a solid foundation in their faith development.


The Sunday School program is intended to introduce our children, ages 3 through kindergarten, to God and to bring them closer to Jesus. The program is liturgically based so children hear the day's Gospel on their own age level.


The Vacation Bible School program, known as VBS, is a one week summer program for preschool, elementary and junior high age children. The program is based on a bible theme utilizing music, crafts, bible stories, games and prayer to create a fun learning environment which will enrich the faith of the children.


For more information or to volunteer for the program please contact Desiree Joseph, the Elementary Religious Education Coordinator at (661) 847-8446 or (661) 220-0496 or